As warm temperatures and winds quickly dry out this year's abundant annual grasses, Corning Fire Chief Tom Tomlinson suspended all residential burn permits in the city. Tehama County fire authorities have suspended all burn permits as of Monday, June 10.

The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region calls on the burn ban for out door residential burning within both jurisdictions.

Since Jan. 1, CalFire and firefighters across the state have already responded to more than 969 wildfires.

CalFire is asking residents to take extra time to ensure they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of defensible space around every home and building on their property and to be prepared to evacuate if the time arises.

Agriculture, land management, fire training and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a CalFire official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.

The residential burn ban does not apply to campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations or online at PreventWildfireCAorg.

Tips for creating residential defensible space:

• Clear all dead and/or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures.

• Landscape with fire resistant plants and non-flammable ground cover.

• Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy or green waste facility.

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